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+ - Government Minister & Right-Wing Catholics in Ireland Attempt to Censor Twit->

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oceanclub
oceanclub writes "Neil of krank.ie has written an article on how Irish politicians are attempting to link "cyber bullying" with political satire in order to silence criticism.

A musical director of a popular chat show in RTE (Ireland's national broadcaster), Jim Sheridan, is a regular and popular tweeter and has a long history of fairly mild photoshop spoofs aimed at politicians of all parties and other tweeters. (Such as this one: http://twitpic.com/br6cl4)

Unfortunately for him, one of the people he lately spoofed was Ronan Mullen, an ultra-Catholic independent senator known for his hardline dogmatic Catholic views on abortion and whose history includes stories of being unpleasant to women who had abortions due to unviable foetuses (http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mullen-insists-abortion-conversation-entirely-courteous-on-my-side-548672.html#ixzz1sschgSqk) and linking abortion to the Newtown Connecticut massacre (http://www.thejournal.ie/ronan-mullen-abortion-newtown-double-think-721352-Dec2012/).

Today's Irish Independent has reported that both the Irish communications minister, Pat Rabbitte and Mullen himself have condemned Sheridan's photoshops as "offensive" and that someone (unnamed) had complained to Sheridan's employer about him. One of the tweets alleged by Pat Rabbitte to be "dreadful and offensive" is merely "the head of [Ronan Mullen] stuck onto the body of a man wearing nothing but swimming trunks and a large crucifix."

RTE have not yet confirmed if they will take action against Sheridan."

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Games

+ - Deus Ex Human Revolution Has Region Locked on PC->

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oceanclub
oceanclub writes "Rock Paper Shotgun reports that the retail PC version of Deus Ex Human Revolution implements region locking, preventing people who bought a copy of the game outside their country from registering it on Steam. What is mindboggling about this is that the UK is considered a seperate region to the rest of the EU, possibly breaching EU consumer standards. A UK copy of the game bought in a Irish town lying along the Ireland-UK border cannot be installed and registered on a Republic of Ireland Steam account! Amazon.co.uk said they were only informed this morning; they've changed their online description accordingly and said they would contact customers looking for a refund. Other retailers such as Gamespot Ireland are still looking for clarifications."
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Science

+ - Irish Min. for Science to Launch Creationist Book-> 1

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oceanclub
oceanclub writes "Conor Lenihan, the Irish Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources, is scheduled on Wednesday 15 September to launch an anti-evolution book entitled The Origin of Specious Nonsense". The author, John J May, is a public relations person, marriage counsellor, poet, actor and ex-religious leader, but doesn't claim to have any science background in his biography.

In his book's synopsis on his website, he claims he will "unceremoniously unashamedly and unmistakably going to expose the fiction of evolution". In his quotes, he claims that "It is sacrificing reason on the alter (sic) of treason to accept that the greatest construction of all time.. a human being with a brain is the result of chance, randomness and destructive mutations. It is the irrational three legged chair of hopeless speculation that bears no resemblance whatsoever to reality and observable functioning perfect order." When contacted, Lenihan's office confirmed that he was indeed due to launch the book.

Previously, another minister in the same government, the Tanaiste (deputy Prime Minister) Mary Coughlan, hit the headlines when she claimed that Albert Einstein formulated the theory of evolution (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/coughlans-no-einstein-after-gaffe-at-smart-economy-launch-1890227.html)."

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Windows

+ - Fallout 3 DLC and GFWL Woes

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oceanclub
oceanclub writes "The PC gaming blog Rock Paper Shotgun details the extraordinary hoops that a PC user needs to jump through to acquire "Operation Anchorage", the new downloadable content for the RPG "Fallout 3":

There was first a hefty update. I hadn't tried to run the game since before Christmas, and the patch has appeared since then. The game opens. Sadly, the "DOWNLOADS" option was greyed out. Never mind, I thought, I'll look on the Fallout 3 website for details. With the announcement of the launch today, it must surely be the big news story... Um, no.

[..]

So I restart Fallout 3 and DOWNLOADS is still greyed out. Go into Live, tell it my account details again, and this time it downloads my account. Ta-da! The DOWNLOADS option is there! I'm surely almost there. I click it.

"No new content available."

I see.

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Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.

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